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SPORT IN BRIEF

<strong>Durham set imposing total</strong><br />CRICKET: Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Dale Benkenstein both added centuries as Durham continued their charge to the County Championship division one title yesterday.<br /><br />The pair put on 203 for the fourth wicket at Durham declared on 648-5 against closest title rivals Nottinghamshire at the Riverside.<br /><br />Opener Michael Di Venuto could only add five to his overnight 214no. Durham need just 11 points to claim a second successive title.<br /><br />Notts ended the day on 65-2 in reply.<br /><br /><strong>Hansen leads in Cologne</strong><br />GOLF: Dane Soren Hansen showed his Ryder Cup credentials with a seven-under-par 65 to take the overnight lead in the Mercedes-Benz Championship in Cologne, Germany.<br /><br />Hansen leads England&rsquo;s Chris Wood by one shot with Ross Fisher one of four players a further shot adrift.<br /><br /><strong>O&rsquo;Brien colt out of St Leger</strong><br />RACING: Ante-post favourite Age of Aquarius is out of Saturday&rsquo;s final Classic of the season, the Ladbrokes St Leger.<br /><br />The Aidan O&rsquo;Brien colt did not feature in yesterday&rsquo;s final declarations for the Doncaster race after failing to convince his stable of his fitness.<br /><br />O'Brien confirmed: &ldquo;We were not 100 per cent happy with him after his canter this morning and decided not to declare him.&rdquo;<br /><br />Kite Wood now leads the market.<br /><br /><strong>Dempsey lands world gold</strong><br />SAILING: Nick Dempsey, the Skandia Team GBR windsurfer was crowned the 2009 RS:X world champion at the Weymouth yesterday.<br /><br />The Athens bronze medallist clinched his first world championship title after a hard-fought regatta and is now many people&rsquo;s hot favourite for Olympic gold at the same venue in three years time.